Lappert’s Ice Cream, Inc. of Richmond, CA has expanded its recall of ice cream to include all flavors of its 8 ounce, pint, 1.5 gallon and 3 gallon packages of ice cream because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This action came after inspectors detected Listeria monocytogenes bacteria on equipment used at the facility.
The 1.5 and 3 gallon containers are packed in round cardboard tubs; the 8 ounce and pint containers are packed in smaller round cardboard containers.
All packaging is labeled Lappert’s Ice Cream (plant number 06-6919). All lots of all flavors produced on or before August 4, 2005 are under recall.
All product with a code of 216 or lower, or no code, on the bottom of the tub is under recall.
Listeria monocytogenes may cause listeriosis among “at risk” people, including pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, and sometimes nausea or diarrhea. If infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms such as a headache and stiff neck can occur. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness; however, infections during pregnancy could lead to more serious problems for the fetus. If a related illness is suspected, consumers are encouraged to consult a physician immediately.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The potential for contamination was first noted after testing by the State of Washington Health Department revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a pint container of Banana Carmel Chocolate Chip packed by Lappert’s ice Cream. Subsequent testing at the firm’s manufacturing site in Richmond, CA by the Food and Drug Administration confirmed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes on some production equipment.
Consumers who have purchased Lappert’s ice cream are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at Lappert’s at 510-231-2340.